DAY 3: God the Father
Key Verse: Romans 8:15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father”.
I’ll never forget the day my life nearly came to an abrupt end. My dad, my sister and I were out paddling in the gloriously cold waters of the East Strand up at ‘the Port’ one summer back when I was knee high to a grass hopper. As normal, we were clowning around in the water and got carried out a bit too far. The rip current caught us and we were gone. I remember the fear that swamped my mind as I realised we were in trouble. I couldn’t do anything other than cry out to Dad for help as I fought to keep my head above water. We cried for help from others on the beach, but no one came. Thankfully Dad got us back to shore and we were safe.
When I think of God in the Christmas story, I love to think of Him as our Abba father. Right in our distress, when God saw we were struggling to keep our heads above the waters of life, He came. God is not a cold deity, who sits upon a throne of disgust, but a loving father who literally stepped down to earth, a loving father who made the way that we could be adopted into His family. The reference of Abba was written within the context of referring to God the Father with great affection, translated as ‘Daddy’ within the original Greek, it gives us a sense of outlandish love and total reliance on God, as a child on their earthly parent. Please do not confuse this with some sort of pass to treat God with a lack of reverence, rather use it to try and begin to understand how God thinks of you.
Christmas was more than a lovely story to warm our hearts. It is more than an opportunity to break out the old carols and mince pies. Christmas is the start of one of the greatest rescue missions ever told. The story of God the Father, who saw his children in need and made a way that we might be totally, unconditionally adopted into His family. Don’t be like us and call to others for rescue, go to God the Father, He wants you to go to Him.
By Scotty McFarland